West Norfolk Jivers raise £942 for the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre, through a Benefit Jive night in honour of local woman Sue Roach, who sadly died of cancer in October 2016.
Sue taught Jive monthly at Jive Survivors and greeted all members with a beaming smile when they entered the classes. Sue was a valued member for many years whose love for dancing was evident to all, with Sue continuing to teach until her health no longer allowed.
Sue’s bubbly personality and love for a party was the reasoning as to why the benefit dance was a fitting tribute, raising money through; ticket sales, donations, and a raffle, with the DJ even waiving his fee to contribute to the donation. There was also a large amount of donations coming in from those who were unable to make the event on the 28th January, at Stowbridge village hall.
Sue and her husband John had previously donated to the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre following her wedding in May 2015. The couple asked for donations to be collected instead of receiving presents from their guests.
The club is also hoping to stage another event next January to continue to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre, in memory of Sue.
Fiona Bembridge of West Norfolk Jive said: “We were very pleased with the amount we raised and jivers from several parts of Norfolk came. Several members of West Norfolk Jive helped organise the night. Sue always praised the care she received at the unit and was keen to give something back. It was a great night, Sue would have loved it if she had still been with us.”
Kerry Craik a junior sister in the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre said: “It was a wonderful privilege to accept this generous donation of £942 from the West Norfolk Jivers on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre from John Roach and Fiona Bembridge, in memory of the recent care and support John’s wife, Sue had received. All money raised will be used to buy vital equipment which will be used on a daily basis, and assist in providing the continuing care and support for cancer patients within the Macmillan unit”
Pictured left to right: Fiona Bembridge of West Norfolk Jive, Sue’s husband John Roach and Kerry Craik a sister on Macmillan.